May 11, 2009
Pierre, S.D. – According to a survey done by the
Game Fish and Parks Department, more than 176,000
resident and non-resident hunters pursued ring-necked
pheasants in South Dakota during the 2008 season.
Hunters harvested approximately 1.9 million birds.
Resident hunters averaged 7.3 days in the field and
harvested 11.5 birds each. Nonresident hunters averaged
4.5 days and 10.5 birds.
Approximately 18,800 residents participated in the
early, resident-only pheasant season, with an estimated
harvest of 40,632 birds.
South Dakota’s inaugural mentored pheasant season saw
participation of 2,566 youth hunters.
The 2008 prairie grouse hunting season drew more than
12,400 (7,044 resident and 5,383 nonresident) hunters,
who bagged an estimated 47,000 grouse and prairie
For a more detailed look at the 2008 Pheasant,
Prairie Grouse, and other hunting seasons visit :